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19/05/2008

Keeping our healthcare workers healthy - Prevention of blood-transmitted infections

Keeping our healthcare workers healthy - Prevention of blood-transmitted infections

In their daily work, nursing and laboratory
staff, doctors and cleaners frequently handle sharp and pointed objects such as
syringes and scalpels. These could be contaminated with the body fluids of
patients, whose infection status is unknown. Needle wounds and cuts produced by
such contaminated objects may lead to blood-transmitted infections like
Hepatitis B and C, and HIV.

The target group was health professionals,
who during their daily work are exposed to the risk of needle wounds and cuts
from pointed and sharp objects contaminated with blood or other liquids.

The aim of the project was to avoid
occupational infections (hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV) by improving the information
level of health professionals and enabling them to take adequate preventive
measures.

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